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Altamont in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Altamont Free Library

Altamont, New York

 

—The Museum In The Streets —

 
Altamont Free Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 24, 2018
1. Altamont Free Library Marker
Inscription.  The Village's First Freight and passenger train station was built in 1864, only months after the first train passed through Knowersville. In 1896 the old station was moved south along the tracks. In 1897, it was replaced by the newest, state-of-the-art passenger and freight station on the Delaware & Hudson Line, a building that today remains the heart of the Village. The last passenger train passed through the village in January 1963. During the forty years the former train station saw both public and commercial use, and was briefly Village Hall. In July 2005, the Altamont Free Library purchased the building, committing to an estimated renovation cost of over $1,000,000. On 2 July 2012, after many community based fundraisers, the Library celebrated its Grand Opening.
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La Primera Estación Ferrovaria de mercancías y pasajeros del pueblo fue construida en 1864, solo meses después de que pasó el primer tren por Knowersville. En 1896 se mudó la antigua estación hacia el sur, y en 1897 fue reemplazada por una estación moderna en la vía Delaware y Hudson, edificio que permanece hoy en el
Altamont Free Library Marker Detail - Altamont Station Photo image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 24, 2018
2. Altamont Free Library Marker Detail - Altamont Station Photo
centro del pueblo. El último tren pasó por la aldea en enero de 1963. Durante los siguientes cuarenta años, la antigua estación se usó pública y comercialmente, y brevemente fue el ayuntamiento. En junio del 2005, la Biblioteca Altamont compró el edifi-cio a un costo de renovación de $1,000,000. El 2 de julio de 2012, tras varias recaudaciones de fondos comunitarios, la Biblioteca celebró su Inauguración.
 
Erected 2017 by The Village of Altamont. (Marker Number 2.)
 
Location. 42° 42.063′ N, 74° 1.981′ W. Marker is in Altamont, New York, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (New York State Route 156). Touch for map. The marker can be read from the sidewalk near the station canopy. Marker is at or near this postal address: 177 Main Street, Altamont NY 12009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inn of George Severson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Altamont (about 400 feet away); Altamont High School (approx. ¼ mile away); John Groot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Severson House (approx. half a mile away); Old Plank Road
Altamont Free Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 24, 2018
3. Altamont Free Library Marker
The marker is in the snow beside the sidewalk.
(approx. half a mile away); Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Dr F. Crounse (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Altamont.
 
Regarding Altamont Free Library. The Altamont Train station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1971. The property is a lot measuring approximately 51 ft. by 159 ft., though the lot narrows on the south side along Main Street. Currently the property houses the Altamont Free Library, the sole building on the property. The Library resides in the historic Altamont Train Station. It retains the appearance of a Victorian-era train station, and includes distinctive features such as a cupola and an extended overhang over the former train platform. The interior of the Library was extensively renovated between approximately 2009 and 2012.


Summary of Significance: Between its construction in 1897 and January 1963, the Altamont Train Station was a transportation hub for the Helderberg region. After passenger train service ceased, the building was put to several uses, housing retail businesses, Village offices and a storage facility.
 
Also see . . .
1. Station History at the Altamont Public Library Website
Altamont Free Library Located in the Former D&H Passenger Station image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, January 1, 2013
4. Altamont Free Library Located in the Former D&H Passenger Station
. (Submitted on March 31, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. Village of Altamont - The Train Depot. (Submitted on March 31, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
 
Additional keywords. D&H Station Altamont Station Delaware and Hudson Railroad Passenger Station
 
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National Register Listed image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, December 31, 2012
5. National Register Listed
The Altamont Train Station was built in 1897, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 12, 1971. This plaque is mounted to the right of the library main entrance.
2014 Excellence In Preservation Award image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 24, 2018
6. 2014 Excellence In Preservation Award
The Altamont Free Library project was one of two in Albany County to receive the Excellence In Preservation Award in 2014, presented by the Preservation League of New York State.
Altamont Free Library in the 'Ol Train Station image. Click for full size.
By Dean Splittgerber, March 1, 2012
7. Altamont Free Library in the 'Ol Train Station
Passing by the Altamont Free Library on the adjacent active rail line in March of 2012 former Santa Fe GE B23-7 #4211 & #4212 owned by SMS Rail Lines of New York, LLC drag a cut of empty auto racks toward Delanson on returning from the Northeastern Industrial Park near Guilderland Center. At the time the automated crossing protection i.e. "gates" on Main Street were not working, so a train crew member is approaching the grade crossing in order to flag the train through safely.
 
 
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